Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valour. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” (Read all of Joshua 6.)
Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.”
The people were to remain silent for seven days until Joshua told them to “SHOUT”.
After marching around the city for six days, they were to march around seven times in one day, then Joshua would say to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city.”
It must have seemed strange to the Israelites that, instead of going into battle, they were going to march around the city for a week! And then seven times in the last day!
But, this was God`s plan, and the Israelites had a guaranteed victory if they would obey!
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valour.
But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!
As strange as the plan sounded, it worked. God`s instructions may require you to do things that don’t make sense at first. Even as you follow Him, you may wonder how things could possibly work out!
Like the Israelites, take one day at a time and follow step by step. You may not see the logic of God`s plan until after you have obeyed.
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
This threat to the right kind of living that God required had to be removed.
God also wants us to be pure. He wants us to clean up our behaviour when we begin a new life with Him. We must not let the desire for personal gain distract us from our spiritual purpose. We must also reject any objects that are a reminder of a life of rebellion against God.
So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.
(Resource: Application Study Bible)